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    Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change

    Adaptive Change Advisors
    A free course from Acumen
    October 10, 2017

    November 22, 2017

     For more info click here

    The Course

    Course Description

    Have you have ever struggled with a problem that will not go away? The solutions may often seem obvious, such as the need for a new technology, an expert capability, a different process, or better communication. Yet you seem to face unexpected resistance to these seemingly “obvious” fixes or the problem stubbornly persists. You may be facing an adaptive challenge.

    This introductory course helps you identify and make progress on a leadership challenge in your own life, team, or community. You’ll apply the tools and techniques of Adaptive Leadership, a practical framework developed at Harvard Kennedy School of Government for leading change, particularly during times of uncertainty or when there are no easy answers.

    Adaptive Leadership is a critical skillset for anyone looking to drive systemic change in an increasingly complex world.

    This Course Is For You If

    • You’re currently or expect to be leading an organization or initiative that is likely to challenge prevailing and entrenched values and beliefs
    • You’re part of an organization, team or community facing a complex or seemingly intractable challenge, but you’re not in a position of power to solve it
    • You’re a social entrepreneur or intrapreneur and need to mobilize collaboration and co-learning with competing stakeholders
    • You’re interested in a somewhat unconventional and provocative form of leadership

    What You’ll Learn

    • Understand the root cause of a stubborn and recurring challenge in your organization, team or community
    • Partner with those who are in positions of authority or power
    • Leverage your own power for change
    • Design an experiment that strengthens your ability to create lasting change
    • Learn to lead adaptively in environments with trust issues, political sensitivities, resistance, conflict and distress

    More Information


    Approximately 3 hours/week

    Technical Requirements:

    You need to be able to watch videos, download readings and upload assignments on this platform. Details on NovoEd’s technical requirements and browser compatibility is available here.

    Statement of Accomplishment:

    +Acumen will provide a Statement of Accomplishment for individuals who complete all requirements.

    More questions?

    Please visit our +Acumen Page for more information.

    The Instructor

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    Adaptive Change Advisors

    Adaptive Change Advisors (ACA) emerged from the experience of its founder, Eric Martin, and a select cadre of leadership and change practitioners who stewarded adaptive leadership from Harvard Kennedy School to real-world application and scale.

    ACA’s mission is to “democratize leadership” – making it possible for anyone, anywhere to improve their livelihood by more effectively mobilizing people in their organizations, communities and in their own lives.

    ACA seeks to exponentially grow leadership to tackle pressing challenges — such as transitioning to a low-carbon economy, reducing poverty and inequity, improving health equity and access, supporting the growth of social enterprises, and evolving the role of advanced information and technology in our daily lives.


    Acumen (http://acumen.org/) is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $110 million in 102 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies. Learn more at http://www.acumen.org (http://www.acumen.org/) and on Twitter @Acumen (https://twitter.com/Acumen) .

    +Acumen (http://plusacumen.org) is a global learning community for social change-makers. Be an effective force for change with Acumen’s free online courses and chapters. Learn more at http://plusacumen.org/ and on Twitter @plusacumen (https://twitter.com/plusacumen).

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